At present, sexual risk behavior is threatening the health status of the Thai population and undermining quality of life of the population all ages. This study examined the effectiveness of self-regulation and mobile phone SMS intervention to promote safe sex among army conscripts in a central province, Thailand. Conscripts (n=192) were recruited by multi-stage sampling and stratified into 3 groups: 1-way SMS, 2-way SMS and a control group. Data were collected at baseline, 1, 3 and 6 months after intervention. Repeated measurement ANOVA was used to statistically compare significant differences of theoretical variables and safe sex practices between 3 groups overtime, while all theoretical variables were significantly different among 3 groups (p<.05), overtime, safe sex with condom use, abstinence from alcohol drinking before or during sex were not different between 1-way and 2-way SMS group (p >.05). The study showed the benefits of SMS intervention in promoting safer sex practices either 1-way or 2-way SMS, but a strengthening program for safer sex behavior is required for creating a safe sex behavior among army conscripts.
Piyarat Eaimkhong, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Usaneya Perngparn, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Stream: Linguistics, Language & Psychology/Behavioral Science
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